May is one of our favorite months here at Preferred Hearing Centers – it’s officially Better Speech and Hearing Month! Established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), this awareness month helps promote public health education and access. This year’s theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection” an essential part of recognizing hearing issues and finding solutions. To start the month off right, here are some basic facts about hearing health and safety for sharing and wellness.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]The Real Cost of Hearing Loss
Over 40 million Americans have hearing loss, making it the country’s third largest chronic health issue. However, the impact of hearing loss is often unrecognized. Hearing impairment makes the brain compensate for missing auditory information, straining our cognitive functions and physically re-wiring the way our mind processes sounds. Navigating the world with untreated hearing loss can be stressful and challenging, and that takes a toll on our overall health. If left untreated, hearing loss can contribute to other serious health concerns like depression, anxiety, isolation and even dementia.
Treating hearing loss significantly boosts quality of life. With treatment and hearing rehabilitation, hearing loss doesn’t impact communication and cognitive skills like it does when left untreated. It can improve your social life, overall health and even your income![/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Recognize the Signs
It can be tricky to notice the signs of hearing loss. However, there are some tell-tale indicators of hearing issues to remember and watch out for.
If you notice voices sounding muffled or if you need to have people repeat things often both indicate a loss of hearing acuity.
Around the house, if you need to turn the volume up high on personal devices, phones, televisions and stereos in order to understand them, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Be aware of how sound impacts you in social spaces. If you have trouble comprehending conversations with more than two people, or if you avoid parties or restaurants because you cannot navigate the sounds in the environment, it is a good idea to schedule a hearing exam.
Another indicator of hearing loss is tinnitus, a ringing in the ears, which can be an expression of damaged hearing. If a friend or family member talks to you about your hearing, they may be noticing things you are missing. Be proactive about your hearing health -if issues come to your attention, get them looked at! Often the sooner hearing loss is recognized, the more thorough treatment and rehabilitation can be.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Preserve Your Hearing
Understanding hearing health can also help preserve your hearing ability. Be aware of loud noise in the world around you. Be sure to wear ear protection in loud work environments, and carry earplugs with you to activities like concerts and sporting events. Be aware of your volume levels if you listen to music through headphones. Loud noise delivered through earbuds can be especially damaging to hearing.
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There aren’t any advantages to delaying a hearing exam. If treatment is necessary, catching hearing loss in its initial stages helps your ear and mind adapt easier to devices like hearing aids. The earlier hearing loss is detected and treated, the less your cognitive system is taxed and the sooner you get the benefits of better hearing.
If you’ve already been procrastinating, with today’s technology there are extraordinary treatment options available for all levels of hearing loss, from early to profound. Even if you’ve been delaying getting your ears examined, now’s the perfect time to start addressing your hearing issues.
If you have hearing concerns, contact us at Preferred Hearing Centers to talk about them with a hearing specialist. Hearing tests can assess whether there is hearing impairment occurring and hearing specialists can assess the nature of the loss and possible solutions. [/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Make Preferred Hearing Solutions Your Hearing Specialist
Whether you come to us with your first hearing concern or look to us to help you treat and monitor your existing hearing issues, Preferred Hearing Centers is the right choice for your auditory health. Our hearing exams create a true portrait of your hearing ability and can identify hearing loss as well as appropriate solutions. We carry a full range of hearing aids from the world’s leading hearing brands and our friendly team of hearing specialists is focused on finding the right solution for your lifestyle.
There’s no time like Better Speech and Hearing Month for addressing your hearing concerns. Set up an appointment with us today and be in control of your best hearing health!